Every year in the US, there are an estimated 1.7 to three million sports and recreation-related concussions, 300,000 of which are American football-related, according the UPMC sports medicine concussion programme.

More startling is that according to this data, five out of 10 concussions go unreported or undetected.

Many college and professional teams have standardised tests in place, performing baseline tests at the start of the season and implementing others during practice and game situations.

However, these tests don’t do enough to fully identify the scope of injuries and lower the likelihood of future injuries.

Xtreme Performance Lab (XPL), a sports performance improvement technology, is aiming to change this.

The company has announced a new addition to its ‘neuro-physical based athlete training services’ platform NeuroPod PRO.

Using advanced brain mapping and analysis software, XPL technology can compare an athlete’s brain activity against prior baseline measurements to look for signs of new brain trauma, concussions, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The technology can detect an issue and also indicate the location and relative severity of the trauma. This vital information can be shared with medical staff to target recovery protocols and greatly improve treatment outcomes.

Michael Mark, director of science and technology at XPL, says: “It provides us the ability to measure network dynamics that are simply ‘invisible’ to current diagnostic tools.

“We can now measure where the generators are in the brain that produce patterns that are significantly correlated with the severity of traumatic brain injury. This provides anatomical information about the regions in the brain that are deviant from baseline, enabling us to create recovery training protocols that target specific brain regions, symptoms and neural networks for improvement.”

NeuroPod PRO delivers mental training and assessment services directly to athletes. Services include a comprehensive Performance Capabilities Assessment (like a ‘combine for the mind’), mental performance ZONE training sessions, ‘Game Day’ prep and recovery sessions, as well as the IAR protocols.

“Our goal at XPL has always been to enable athletes to be at their very best, which includes a focus on their safety and well-being,” says founder and CEO David Clarke.

“Whatever the reason, too many athletes are continuing to play with brain trauma. This is a significant cause of further injury. XPL’s next-generation technology greatly improves trauma assessments leading to highly effective individualised recovery protocols. Athletes are now able to get back to optimal performance sooner, and at much less risk of future injury.”